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the world," we begin in vatican city. pope benedict xvi's final days in power filling up with a scandal. >> the top cardinal just resigned after four priests accused him of inappropriate acts. and the vatican in damage control mode after reports of network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by prostitutes. >>> fidel castro sworn in and announces this is his last go-round. he says he plans to retire in 2018, most likely to put an end of rule by castros. >>> and south africa, another pistorius facing charges in a woman's death, carl pistorius, the older brother of oscar pistorius, charged with culpable homicide after he was involved in a car axe deputy two years ago. >> they say carl pistorius was driving recklessly. he was to go to trial last week but that's been pushed back to the end of march because of the murder charges against his brother. >>> back to vatican city. where alleged sex scandal and intrigue swirling around the catholic church right now, happening just days before pope benedict xvi is stepping down. >> talk about timing. the pope just issued an order allowing the
for joining us. i'm fredricka whitfield. the top stories we're following for you right now, the vatican is sapphiring back against media reports on sex, money and gay priests calling them unverified or completely false would if italian publications claim pope benedict decided to resign the same day he received an explosive report on a gay lobby lurking in the vatican. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is in rome. >> they are blasting in uncharacteristically strong terms, fredricka, are these reports, reports that appeared in a daily newspaper, "la repubblica" and a week live magazine panorama which suggests that indeed this group of three cardinals who were assigned by pope benedict to look into wrongdoing in the vatican found or allegedly uncovered, according to these publications a network of gay priests within the vatican who were being blackmailed according to these reports by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now, the vatican is roundly denying that these reports taking place, accusing the italian media of trying to influence the conclave, that group of 116
. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance as the church faced new allegations of wrongdoing. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican for us again tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. today's events, you can see both the strengths and weaknesses of the catholic church, the exuberant energy and faith in the massive crowd gathered here, and the new charges of abuse that continue to haunt this institution. today, the world came to st. peter's square for pope benedict's final sunday blessing. part pep rally. part prayer service. just being in the crowd of 1,000 was a learning experience for these american students. >> that the faith has no national boundaries and political interests. >> reporter: the object of their affection and gratitude, the 85-year-old pontiff. he told the crowd he is not abandoning the church but answering god's call to more prayer and meditation, more appropriate for his age and strength. yet even in this joyful square, the scandals that marked his papacy were on the minds of some. >> i think he has done an
that there are about 150,000 people around the vatican and the main road that leads to it. people are still walking towards st. peter's square, but they're being redirected to other parts around the square where there are big screens where they can watch the pope. nothing compared to the figures of the people we saw for the funeral of john paul back in 2005. that was a funeral and this is a different time in the church. the pope is driving through st. peter's square to wave to the faithful. he will have another meeting with cardinals in the morning. he will be speaking to his -- to the people that will select a successor. this is the last time that the pope will have such direct contact with the people. he is driving around among the crowd. a little earlier, the last speech that he will make in front of the people. many issues, he talked about truth. that is interesting when we consider all the things that have been coming out of the vatican and how many people suspect the pope is standing down because he is not strong enough to get a handle all the things happening within the vatican. let's speak
into the audience hall at the vatican? . later he will preside over an ash wednesday mass. will go to our correspondent at the vatican. he said that he is stepping down for the good of the church. >> absolutely. the pope went straight into it. his first words were that he has taken the decision in full freedom and for the good of the church. he went on explaining that he understood the gravity of the moment. then he came to the realization that he did not have the spiritual or the material's strength to carry out his ministry. it was a standing ovation for the pope. it was a very festive atmosphere in the auditorium. 8000 people were there singing before he arrived. there was music. the vatican also want to show this is not a dramatic moments, this is a difficult moment for the church. i think they want to give the message of continuity. everybody was looking at the poll, whether he sounded tired or frail -- looking at the pope. when you ask people, they said they did not see any signs of more weakness or more tiredness. >> what happens next? he will preside over the mass later today. a l
. ben wedemen is at st. peter's square at vatican city. ben, how are people reacting there? >> people are reacted very positively. we had well over 100,000 people in st. peter's square and the area around it, the city of rome had provided additional security, additional buses to bring the people here. there were pilgrims from all over the place. we heard the pope addressing the people in st. peter's square in italian and french and spanish and portuguese and spanish. a very large crowd. when he finished his address in all those language, a very loud applause to pope benedict. he only has five days left before he officially steps down as pope at 8:00 p.m. on the 28th of february. susan? >> ben, are people speculating more about why the pope is resigning? i know he said it has something to do with his health, but there is gossip and rumors surrounding the real reasons why he is stepping down. anyone talking about that? >> oh, yes, many people are and, of course, this is all based upon these reports and two italian media. a daily newspaper here and a weekly news magazine, which suggests
enters his final days of the catholic church, the cardinals are heading to the vatican. donald worrell, the archbishop, part of the conclave that will pick the next pope. he says the successor will probably not be an american. >> the conventional wisdom says it can't happen from the united states because we're the only superpower. and i don't think it would be seen as a very good thing if the pope, who is supposed to be reminding governments of their responsibilities, to build peace, if he were from the same superpower. >> pope benedict will step down on thursday night at 8:00 p.m. vatican time. the vatican says a new pope will be in place for this year's easter celebrations on march 31st. >> a lot going on right now. >>> the white house budget office painting a gloomy picture if the cuts known as the sequester go into effect this friday. vaccines and early education programs would all take a hit. defense spending would take cuts in navy spending. >>> oscar night is history. and daniel day-lewis made history, winning his third best actor statue for "lincoln." and jennifer lawrence took
to the faithful -- people flocked to the vatican to bid goodbye to " benedict, both as the head of the catholic church and as a bishop in rome. the pope took his time. this vehicle stopped several times so he could less children. an estimated 150,000 worshipers had congregated at st. peter's square. they had come from all over the world to be here, to hold up messages of banks and pay reference to the outgoing pontiff. among them, many from the pope's native germany. benedick was the first german pope in half a millennium. a brass band played the anthem of the very where the pope was born and raised. in his address, he spoke candidly about his almost eight- year papacy. he drew an analogy from the bible, saying there had been days of sunlight, but there had also been stormy waters and head winds when the lord seemed to be sleeping. the pope also directly addressed worshipers, expressing his gratitude for supporting his decision to step down. he said he would remain in the service of the church. >> i thank you all for respecting and understanding my decision, the decision i have taken for the go
anderson and these pictures of the tens of thousands of pilgrims that are gathered at the vatican to hear pope benedict xvi give his final blessing. he will pray the last angelus of his pontificate. tens of thousands, if not 100,000 there in vatican square. no real surprise. after eight years on his pontificate standing down the announcement february 11th saying he would resign. we'll see him in general audience on wednesday and then he will leave here, the vatican on thursday. you are now looking at benedict xvi at his window. let's listen in. >> dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your affection to the transfigueration. that while praying jesus transfigured his profound experience with the father due -- he went to the mountain to gather with john and james, the disciples always present in manifestation. the lord who declared his death offered an anticipation of his glory and, given the transf transfiguration. this is my son, the chosen one. representing the law of the old alliance was more significance. the all story of the advance to him, the christ, who has started not towards th
now pope benedict xvi will become the first living former pope in six centuries. the vatican announced today that his title in retirement will be pope emeritus. earlier today, we asked long- time vatican reporter delia gallagher, senior editor for "inside the vatican" magazine, how the vatican will cope with two popes. >> well, a lot of this will be unchartered territory and will depend, i think, on common sense of the pope emeritus, benedict who has said he would like to live hidden from the world a life of prayer, a life of silence and one has to take him at his word that that is indeed, what he intends to do he especially is a man who understands that he has to allow the freedom of the new pope to take the church in the direction that he sees fit without setting up any kind of anti-papacy. i mean, these cardinals have been appointed by pope benedict xvi and john paul ii so i don't think we'll see a situation of conflict. >> pelley: why can't the vatican seem to settle on a date for the conclave to begin to select the new pope? >> well, part of it is logistical. we have to wait until
developing story from roechl. vatican taking aim at those unconfirmed reports that the spoep resigning frbefore a scandal. abc's david wright is in vatican city for us tonight. >> reporter: tonight the vatican used the strongest possible language to condemn the news coverage. saying it has to defend the freedom of cardinals. the official communique made the vatican press corps like people trying to rig an election. cardinals have faced many kinds of pressure to bend their decisions to a political end. >> today, there's an attempt to do this through public opinion. >> reporter: they have been railing for days about italian news reports claiming they know the contents of a classified report that the pope received. the real reason benedict resigned was because tit unveild a scandal. church officials steered the conversation away from the sexual abuse scandal. cardinal roger mahony testified under oath about that claim that he actively conceal it. he fled to mexico after mahony's top aide warned him that he would investigate. >> it's absolutely mind-boggling to me how this continues to go
. vatican taking aim at those unconfirmed reports that the pope is actually resigning before a scandal. abc's david wright is in vatican city for us tonight. >> reporter: good evening. tonight, the vatican used the strongest possible language to condemn the news coverage. saying it needs to defend the freedom of the college of cardinals to elect the next pope. the official communique from the holy see made the vatican press corps sound like people trying to rig a papal election. through the centuries, officials s say that the cardinals have faced many kinds of pressure to bend their decisions to a political end. >> today, there's an attempt to do this through public opinion. >> reporter: they have been railing for days about italian news reports claiming they know the contents of a classified internal investigation that the pope received in december. the italian reports without atr atribution, they say the real reason that benedict resigned was because the three investigating cardinals uncovered far more salacious comments. church officials steered the conversation away from the sexual abus
the injured. >>> the vatican backlash. the church lashing out over what it calls false reports. that the pope resigned because she was trying to avoid scandal. who they're angry with, our correspondent in rome tonight. >>> plus, an abc news exclusive. david muir inside iran. on the eve of those crucial nuclear talks, involving iran. and u.s. iran with a new bold announcement about future nuclear attacks. plus, rare access to the streets of iran. and hearing from the young people, what would they say to president obama. >>> >>> and the footloose first lady. why michelle obama is going viral tonight. >>> and good evening. i'm dan harris. we'll get to david muir in iran in just a moment. >>> but we're going to start tonight with the breaking news out of florida. a treacherous finale to a race at the daytona international speedway. cars colliding, getting tossed around like toys. pieces of cars flying over a fence, injuring at least a dozen people, many of them fans. abc's linzie janis on the story. >> reporter: one driver sparked a dramatic crash on the daytona track. >> and contact! and a terri
the pontiff gave his last sunday blessing from the vatican. the pope delivered his final message from his apartment window to an estimated 100,000 people in st. peters square. he told the crowd he will take up a life of prayer and meditation to, quote, continue serving the church. benedict announced earlier this month that he will retire on february 28 due to failing health. that final blessing comes amid a sharp rebuke from the vatican over italian news reports alleging the pontiff is retiring over a gay sex scandal and the continuing child sex abuse process. one bay area monsignor even spoke about it during mass this morning. >> reporter: parishioners filled the cathedral for mass. lent was on the minds of many. but so was the departure of pope benedict xvi. >> i felt we really needed to be in church today and pray for the best solution for our leaders and for the pope. >> reporter: benedict cited failing health as his reason for stepping down, the first time in six centuries a pope has done so. but two major italian newspapers claim that the pontiff wanted to distance himself from an a
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, a special buy at just $199. i'm chris jansing. to say there's a lot happening at the vatican would be an understatement. we got our first glimpse of the pope since he announced he will step down. he opened his arms to receive a huge round of applause. 8,000 people packing the hall where he had his general audience. i was there. he did not appear incredibly frail. he asked everyone to pray for him and the church and the future pope. there's already a scandal after a polish cardinal appeared to criticize the pope's decision to step down. and there has been at least in vatican terms wild politicking going on amongst the other cardinals, something they are not supposed to do. the big question, who will be the next pope? could he be from africa? we'll get to that in a couple minutes. >>> first, let's talk about the state of the union. next hour president obama will make the first of three stops to drum up support for the new initiatives he laid out in his e speech last time. he will be traveling to north carolina, georgia, and chicago. "the new york times" called his speech asserttive.
-new information from the vatican after the pope's stung -- the pope's stunning announcement. a little bit more on what went into his announcement and the role he will play from here. bill: 4,000 people are strand on this ship. we'll talk to the coast guard helping them get back to port. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. bill: three people are dead after a deadly shooting at a courthouse in delaware. according to investigators the gunman was the father of a man who had kidnapped his children in 2007. was in the middle of a bitter custody battle. there are were duds of people in the lobby at the time of the shooting. >> when i first heard it it was so fast, pop pop pop pop pop. >> i s
at the vatican and it added a personal message to it, as well. he thanked the crowd for their affection and said he's not abandoning the church. he said he will spend time praying and mediating when he officially leaves office thursday night. the first pope to resign and the vatican hopes to have a new pope by easter. >>> the vatican has shut down a "enemy drone." supposedly happened during military maneuvers in southern ir iran. iran has not released any pictures of the drone which they had done when they claimed to have captured two u.s. drones. this is the video that iran said they got back in 2011. president obama asked for it back, but iran refused. >>> not just the northeast that is getting buried by heavy snowfall. fierce winds and blinding snow pounding areas of colorado. dumping about two inches in the denver area overnight with more expected today. >>> i'll see you back here at the top of the hour, 8:00 eastern time. but first "dr. sanjay gupta md" starts right now. >>> hello, thanks for joining us. a lot to discuss today, including the oscar nominated film "how to survive a plague" ab
delivers mass at the vatican one more time. >> also ahead, a southern california card nationality will replace him. why authorities questioned him today before he left for the vatican. >> also, why neighbors are upset with a plan to upgrade a section of san francisco's waterfront. >> and warriors go for a third win of a row. >> i'm leigh glaser and few subtle changes in our forecast for hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! ♪ wow. [ buzz ] delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely... looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout
explodes in the a plummets to the ground, 18 people dead. a live report. >>> vatican city, learning more about the future and what it holds for pope benedict xvi, final week cloud by scandal. >> the dow rallying from yesterday's big loss but not so for world markets. italy's election causing uncertainty. the government, europe's third largest economy, facing a deadlock. >>> egypt, tourists flying high above ancient egyptian sites plunging to their deaths when a hot air balloon explodes and crashes. >> 18 people have died. the local government has banned all other hot air balloon flights for now. it happened in luxor. the latest on the investigation. >> ian, let's start with what the theory is at the moment. there are reports of a gas cylinder exploding. describe what you've heard. >> reporter: well, michael, that's exactly what ware we're hearing. an the 1,000 feet a gas canister on the balloon exploded sending the balloon tumbling towards the ground. this comes from multiple reported from eyewitnesses. also eyewitness accounts that people were jumping out of the balloon as it tumbled to
. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, bone addict xvi, roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, they g he will have to switch to brown shoes. he will wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in the newspaper sunday that o'brien denied. monday, pope benedict offered his resignation, which he offered months ago, to be effective immediately. >> i hope it signals a ra
the pope's decision to step down. and there has been at least in vatican terms wild politicking going on amongst the other cardinals, something they are not supposed to do. the big question, who will be the next pope? could he be from africa? we'll get to that in a couple minutes. >>> first, let's talk about the state of the union. next hour president obama will make the first of three stops to drum up support for the new initiatives he laid out in his e speech last time. he will be traveling to north carolina, georgia, and chicago. "the new york times" called his speech asserttive. politico, aggressive. the president insisted we need a smarter government, not a smaller government. it was the economy that dominated the speech including a call to elevate the middle class. >> it is our generation's task to reignite the true engine of america's economic growth. a rising, thriving middle class and that's why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all those willing to climb them. a growing economy that greats middle class jobs, that must be the north star tha
. the vatican is in total damage role. two papers claim pope benedict's health is not the reason he's stepping down. they say a top secret reports that he's stepping down because some priests are being blackmailed by male prostitutes. the povatican denies it. out front, barbie from rome, and raymond arroyo. really appreciate both of your taking the time. barbie, let me start with you. you're in rome tonight. i'm assuming the leaks are coming from inside the vatican, but why? what are they hoping to get from this? >> you know, this really is about the next conclave. and all this bad news that comes out, it works very much against the insiders who are in charge of the vatican right now. the hierarchy of the vatican is run by the italians and europeans. they were very much in place under pope benedict xvi when he was cardinal joseph ratzinger. maybe it's time for someone outside of rome, who is not engrained in this culture, mabe it's time from someone from a developing nation, someone else to clean house. >> raymond, a former catholic friar in england spoke to christia christiane amanpour, and w
-year-old will spend his days praying in a vatican city monastery. though he has cited age as the reason for his retirement, an italian newspaper suggests something more controversial: they say a network of gay priests at the vatican is being blackmaled by male prostitutes. >> a los angeles cardinal who will help elect the next pope is being questioned about pedophile priests during his time as the city's archbishop. church documents suggest cardinal roger mahony knew priests were sexually abusing children. but went out of his way to protect the priests from prosecution. mahony spent several hours in a deposition on saturday, answering questions about the sex abuse scandal. a petition effort is underway to keep mahony from being allowed to vote for the next pope. >> san francisco celebreated the year of the snake is a big way. as chinese new year celebrations took center stage in san francisco saturday night. this is video of the grand finale of the celebration. the colorful dragon wrapping up the parade. there and shows us the spectacle of the largest new year celebration outside of chi
has resigned in six centuries, there's very little precedent for what will happen at the vatican, but there are a few hints. the papal spokesman announced that there'll be a new pope by easter. easter is the 31st of march, so the 118 members will have to get through that. the spokesman also said the college of cardinals will not convene while the pope is still? office. so that means the popes will not go into conclave before he steps down. the election process itself could be quite short. with jet travel it no longer takes weeks for cardinals to gather. in fact third quarter could arrive early in march. what will be missing is the period of mourning and reflection that takes place when a pope dies. it is still an open question whether the cardinals will immediately fwaer and go sbieng the conclave or take a few days to get into the mood for electing a pope. also unclear is whether without a mourning period there will be time in the schedule for the kwee yet and formal gathers of cardinals which have in the past have been a time when the men who decide the next pope can size up th
and a standing ovation with people packing a vatican auditorium to catch a glimpse of him. >> benedict told the crowd he was stepping down for the good of the church and ask worshipers to keep praying for him. he had stunned the church on monday when he announced he would become the first pope to abdicate in centuries. >> vatican officials have announced that the conclave to choose a new pope will start at the 15th of march. >> this ash wednesday service marking the start of lent is the last public mass said by pope benedict xvi. he was joined for the emotional ceremony in st. peter's by the cardinals and bishops closest to him. benedict spent the morning in an audience with thousands of followers and for the first time provided details about the thinking that went into his resignation. >> i made this decision in complete freedom for the good of the church. i prayed for a long time and examined my conscience before god because i am aware of the seriousness of this action. but at the same time, i know the i am no longer able to meet the demands made of the seat of st. peter. >> many wonder h
. the vatican has dismissed recent italian media reports suggesting the that the pope resigned to avoid a scandal over gay clergy. it criticized news organizations for spreading what it called gossip and misinformation. the pope announced his intention to stand down last week claiming his old age. the king of spain's son in-law has arrived in court to answer corruption charges. he is accused of tax fraud in a $7 million embezzlement case. the former olympics hand ball player is said to have used his influence to get contracts to put on events. the scace has enraged spadyrds at a time when spain has one of the highest unemployment rates. hundreds of supporters of chaveezz have held a vigil for the president. he has not been seen since returning to venezuela after receiving cancer treatment in cuba. he is in a military hospital being treated for respiratory problems. >> the president is receiving treatment. he has a breathing problem which is being treated intensely. he is using a tube to support his breathing and has communicated with us through various means to give us his instructions.
though he's retiring, he's not abandoning the church. he'll live in a monastery on the vatican grounds. he has one more public appearance on wednesday. then he becomes the first pope in 600 years to step down. coming up in the next hour, we've have a lot more. the pope's last day at the window. monsignor james liasson ty. >> brand-new information about the horrific crash that injured dozens of nascar fans. >> a live look at the daytona speedway where crews worked through the night to repair a gaping hole in the catch fence. thank goodness this was there. a car careened off the track, hurling debris into the stands. even part of the engine. the people were lined up along the fence as the cargoes airborne. the fence ripping off the front of the vehicle, sending chunks of metal into the crowd. here's what some fans had to say. >> i didn't realize he was hurt as bad until i saw him laying over and his leg was bleeding pretty bad. we all tried to help him. i grabbed my belt and wrapped it around his leg. he's cut from his -- from right here all the way down to his knee almost. he's in there
. >> breaking news from the vatican. the pope has accepted the resignation of the senior cardinal of britain who is stepping down. he is accused of inappropriate acts in relations with several former priests. he is the latest catholic leader to be tainted by allegations connected to the sex abuse scandal. he will not take part in next month's conclave toll elect the new pope. pope benedict has changed the rules of the conclave allowing the cardinals to start early if they will all arrive before the usual 15-day waiting period between his resignation and the start of the conclave. the former ambassador bishop of san francisco will be answering questions this morning about his upcoming trip to rome appointed by pope benedict xvi in 2005. pardon of his responsibilities at the van can now include reviewing sex abuse claims. pope benedict's resignation is effective on thursday. >> pope benedict gave the final sunday pleasing in vatican city yesterday as rumors swirled over the reason behind his sudden resignation. he gave thanks to an estimated 100,000 in st. peter's square. on thursday he is the fir
the vatican this morning, ahead the cardinals' shake up happening days before pope benedict xvi resignation. >> four people including two children are miss off bay area coast. the search efforts to 90 the boaters and bring them to safety. . >> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> we thank you for waking up early and joining us. >> right now we have developing news. the coast guard is everyoning the dark waters off the san mateo coast right now for two adults and two young children. the four disappeared after reporting their sailboat was sinking. now, live from the coast guard. >> as the sun comes up, the search will intensify for the four people, a mother and father, their four-year-old son, and his young cousin. they vanished yesterday about 4:30 in the afternoon when the boat started taking on water. they made an initial distress call to the coast guard. the coast guard was able to determine the boat was 65 miles off half moon bay. the 29' sailboat was sinking, and the electronics were failing and then they reported they had to abandon the vote which did not have an
benedict xvi stepped down and for catholics around the world, there's no pope. the pope left the vatican for the last time as the holy father, to huge round of applause. the helicopter took the pope to his traditional summer home 15 minutes southeast of the vatican. that building dates to the 1600s, it's not a bad retirement home. historians say in the days of world war ii, then o'pious the xii idea it to shelter soldiers. ben did is set to return to rome later this year, but by then it's expected he will live alongside the new pope and benedict will take the new title, pope emeritus. today he tried to quiet any suspicions he might butt head with the next church's leader. the pope promised he would unconditionally obi the new hoe he -- holy father and he hopes the conditional of cardinals will operate, quote, like an orchestra, where diversity and expression of universal church always works toward a higher and harmonious agreement. >> shepard: an hour ago now the pope's resignation took effect officially. when the swiss guard closed the door and went off duty. benedict is the first pope
the culture within the walls of the vatican. it's believed only the pope and three cardinals know what's inside. late word tonight on just what pope benedict will be called after he resigns. and so i want to bring in abc's global affairs anchor christiane amanpour in rome tonight. christiane, always great to see you. and first here, what have we learned about pope benedict once he officially steps down? >> reporter: we were told by the vatican that the pope will continue to be called benedict, he will continue to be called his holiness and given the title pope emeritus. we understand that he'll continue to wear white, but not the, you know, elaborate papal vestments. a simple white outfit that he will dispense with his signature red prada shoes and perhaps wear some brown leather shoes. and that he will live in a monastery here within the vatican. david? >> putting the red prada shoes aside. very quiet scene behind you there tonight, but tomorrow, a much different picture. >> reporter: so, tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected here in st. peter's square tomorrow, where the pope wi
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